ERIC Number: ED214399
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Teaching of French as a Second Language. A Position Paper Developed by the CTF Commission on French as a Second Language.
Canadian Teachers' Federation, Ottawa (Ontario).
This paper develops the principles which underly the policy statement of the Canadian Teachers' Federation. The introductory material discusses the need to study foreign language in today's interdependent world, and particularly in Canada, an officially bilingual country. Also discussed are the enrollment trends in the provinces and the aims and objectives of a French Second Language program. Regarding the level of competency to be achieved, it is stated that every student has the right to attain a basic competency. This is defined as a good knowledge of the language, ability to make oneself understood in conversation, ability to read standard texts, some knowledge of French-speaking communities, and ability to take up the study of French again at a later date. The aims of middle and top level classes are outlined as well as criteria for achievement on all levels. The criteria concern: (1) time on task, (2) teacher education, (3) teaching materials and cultural orientation, (4) class size and pupil/teacher contact, (5) support services, and (6) parental and community contact. Finally, it is proposed that basic competency in a second language be instituted as a requirement for admission to any university and that the government of Canada promote language education. (AMH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Canadian Teachers' Federation, Ottawa (Ontario).